Grateful Dead Live at Crystal Ballroom on 1968-02-02
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(1) the version of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl that is on tapes in circulation with this date is actually from 02/03/68 and was spliced in to replace the 02/02/68 version by David Gans for GDH #310. This is the last show with one of the early versions of the Other one lyrics: When I woke up this morning, my head was not in sight I would ask the walls about it, but they vanished overnight I could not think or spell my name, or fly there was no way and the heat came round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day I was skipping through the lilly fields, when I came across an empty space it quivered and exploded, left a bus stop in its place a bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began there was Cowboy Neal, at the wheel, of a bus to never-ever land timings should be updated since Feedback is included in Viola Lee Blues.
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Subject: Great listen.
Subject: why pig is so essential
Subject: love that early '68 fire!
Subject: In one word....
Subject: viola lee
Subject: of course it's a five...
Subject: Should of read the bottom of the reviews for the notes**
I love Jerry as much as anyone & he was on for this show,just blistering the set; the band sounds like they've really established the reentry on Viola-this one sounds like doomsday crazy; and zowwie wowwie I hear the monster of the seventies ringing through the chaos. The set finishes with a nice back & forth hing with Jerry & Pig to round out a beautiful & emotional set with Good Morning little School Girl (one of my favorite Pig songs & then low and behold: it's from a completely different show-----eeeekkk! Why, you may ask does that bother me? Really, it's just because in past reviews I'd thought Pig gets kinda put on the back-burner; I am by no means a huge Pig fan & before anyone gets like all fired that I say anything harsh about Pig- please, just hear me out!
When it came to the keys I'm a Brent fan anyway; but, Pig was an icon of the original crew- people loved the Pig 'cuz he was the Reverend of Love and Sex- he didn't look it-but he was out front trying to mow some lawn- you know trying to get the vibe out there. Jerry was hitting people with decibels of ear piercing mania- I guess if I ate as much acid as they I'd probably be manic too; but, my point is this: Jerry solo'd 'til he somehow drifted back to the stage from his out of body experience; but Pig, on the other hand git the shaft show after show- was it because he didn't have anything good to say on his organ? Maybe he couldn't solo- I certainly haven't heard anything special; but then again Bob doesn't solo either. Maybe I'm babbling on about nothing; but what about Brent- that guy got solo & he was god, right? Keith too, nothing too special; but, that doesn't seem to matter to Jerry,"Go ahead Keith, take one!" Then he goes tinkle tinkle tinkle & I go "That was pretty nice." But, what about the Pig? If anyone know of any great Pig organ solo's give me the 411-yo! Otherwise, this is a high grade, high quality, serve & smile recording.Ace's High.
Subject: You found the right place;-)))))))))))))))
Dead were dangerous and truly Garcia’s Gang.
When they played like this with total abandonment and just went ahead.
My first show came 3 years later (4 29 71) but I wish I could have seen them when I was a little younger, Could have made all the difference in the world.
Out there and not coming back.
Subject: Fabulous Anthem-era show
Start with a prime Viola Lee that ends in a vintage-period feedback. Cryptical/Other One is short, but high-energy, driving psychedelia, but also tight and musical, in the classic Anthem style. Cryptical simmers down not to New Potato, as it usually did in this period, but to the rare Clementine, played on 5 times (according to Deadbase). Jerry soars on guitar after his first verse of vocals. Clementine was inspired by John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, which also is in 3/4 meter and has a long jam on two chords. Clementine slips easily into Good Morning Schoolgirl. Pigpen is brilliant on harp and delivers spot-on vocals.
Six minutes into Schoolgirl, Pigpen raps “I wanna be your king bee, I wanna find all about your stinger.” King Bee was a slow, sultry blues piece that Dead used to throughout 1966 and revived in ‘69. (Pigpen fans check out 11/19/66.)
There is another show more recently upload to Archive also called “2/2/68.” However, it has a somewhat different set list. There’s a Clementine clearing going into New Potato, not Schoolgirl. It sounds like the same Clementine. Listening to it, it sounds like the Clementine>Potato is an edit with fades, and that real performance was Clementine>Schoolgirl
The other 2/2/68 “show” is good (a 5-star collection), but I like this better. If you want to hear the other, it’s here:
Subject: The Best Of The Tree Northwest Tours I Have
I seem to remember writing a review for this show but just in case I didn't, here's another, better one. If I had to make a list as too what the best of the three Northwest shows I have it would be:
1. This show
2. 1-20-68 at Eureka Muni
3. The show after this one
The reason I say that is because while the other 1-20 and 2-3 are played with great energy and have a dream songlist and you can't beat that awesome fade out at the end of The Eleven, this show is the only one where they play different styles of music. Garage band, psychedlic, jazz, and blues. Each song feels like you're seeing a different band perform. I have to vote this as my all time favorite Grateful Dead show because I have had dreams where I'm at this concert. The beginning of Viola Lee Blues should be listen to with a warning sign for those who do not know what it's like to be blasted off into space. Listen to this show on your iPod and the repetive chord that Garcia plays after the first verse makes you feel like you are floating on air. Before I continue let me just make it clear that I am not one of those people that go around saying if you listen to Stairway To Heaven backwards, you can hear satanic verses. This Viola really is stellar, much better than the 8-4-67 one which is pretty boring to my ears. The Other One suite is the night before Bobby changed the lyrics to what we know them as today. It's a lot shorter than the ones played a couple of years later but the way Garcia joyfully plays that solo after screaming out "You know he had to die" during the reprise, and then the way he's able to lock himself into a new theme is, to me, pure magic. I love the way Phil's bass counts the time to Clementine.
Clementine is the treat on here. I believe only two versions Clementine have been released to the public. One on the remastered version of Aoxomoxoa, and this version, heard on So Many Roads. The lyrics are quite poetic but the music is like cool jazz, not too light but not too heavy either. Just right porridge. The day I fell in love with this song I actually wanted to go out and buy Clementine oranges and listen to this song while eating them.
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl is like being at a Sonny Boy Williamson show in the late 30s. It's the one song on this set to have the most vocals and Pig is satisfying as usual. The end of the song has Phil and Bobby in a little duet before Jerry makes one last little squawk and they call it quits.
Subject: 2-2-68 is ectched in my brain
They turned an old folk song into a deep powerful song that makes you feel...damn this is the stuff that blows my mind
WOW this is the best sounding stuff :)
Subject: This Show Is Da Butta Baby
Subject: yer mom
Subject: HELP AN OLD HEAD
Subject: ....oh, my God, these guy's are just....
Subject: wholly shit
VIOLA LEE BLUES IS THE TRUTH.
Subject: A sign of things to come
Subject: just a message
As in Lewis.
Subject: can't wait to listen to this next.
SO far,i think 1967 shows the biggest growth. Check 12/10/66 on the archive then compare it to 11/10/67. SHocking and Stunning.
Subject: top 5!
However, I'm partial to the sound of these early shows, as I've had the tapes for a long time. And now with these new LAMA versions, I can finally get the right dates, plus missing songs all straightened out.
There's not much I can add to the wonderful comments below about Viola Lee. It's everything they say, and more. Maybe the hottest version these ears have heard. The Other One is short but powerful, and Clementine long and jammy. And then they take it home with a smoking version of Schoolgirl. Pigpen is batting 100, in the driver's seat all the way.
Great sound, and a solid show that leaves you wanting more! Along with 2/14 of course, this show has to be one of my top shows for early 1968.
enjoy, and crank up that Viola Lee!
Dr. Flashback :-)
Subject: the shit
Subject: MY HEAD EXPLODES
And the other tracks are just as powerful. I mean, if these shows were good enough to be included on Anthem of the Sun, you know they're good. It's actually kinda cool to hear this music in its true form...unlike the swirly, turning, churning vortex of Anthem. Anyone who's into primal dead will LOVE this!
Sound levels are powerful. This show flat out rocks!
I figure they had to go the feedback route after VLB because there is no way those guitars are in tune after such complete and utter shred meltdown!
Really, the whole show is a gem and is the only "complete" show on my new mp3 player (yeah, I know it's heresy to make mp3 copies of the Dead, but I've got 5 gigs of kick ass music to listen to anywhere I feel like it....)
Sound B+ (out of pitch, anyone?)
Subject: Completely still and focused
Subject: Fuckin' A!
Subject: Buckle your seatbeltsÂ
Subject: Great Snakes!!!...oh, my head...
Subject: Primal Dead
Subject: Please wear a helmet
>>WANTS TO BE PLAYED LOUDLY
Subject: Oh yeah
Subject: Prime Psych Dead